For the first time in its history, the United States now recognizes that human life begins at conception.
The Trump administration made the historic announcement via a shift in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official policy.
The ACLJ reports the scientific determination will help allow the Trump administration to protect those in the womb from pro-choice liberals and from a growing abortion industry.
From the report:
The abortion industry is in trouble. For years, HHS has consistently expanded abortion and funneled taxpayer money to abortion.
That changes now. HHS has just released its strategic plan for the next four years, stating that it will pursue policies that “protect Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.”
As these policies are put in place, they could save countless lives.
ACLJ Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice Jay Sekulow responded to the determination, tweeting: “For the first time ever, #HHS has made the official policy of #America that life begins at conception.”
— Jay Sekulow (@JaySekulow) September 1, 2019
At the 2019 March For Life, HHS Secretary Alex Azar clearly stated that the Trump administration was dedicated to protecting life in the womb.
“Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration,” Azar said per the HHS. “At HHS, through our work in healthcare, human services, public health, and biomedical science, we are committed to this effort. This means not just protecting human life in the administration of our programs, but also respecting the conscience rights of those who participate in HHS-funded programs. Under President Trump, HHS will continue to advance science and improve the health of Americans while protecting our most fundamental freedoms: the right to life and the right of conscience.”
And, from the HHS’s Trump Administration Actions to Protect Life and Conscience:
Title X Reforms
New Title X Proposed Regulation: In June 2018, HHS proposed a new Title X regulation that would enforce statutory program integrity provisions by no longer permitting Title X-funded family planning services at the same location where abortion is provided. HHS looks forward to issuing the final rule promptly.
Broadening Participation in Title X: In its most recent Title X grant awards, HHS funded 12 organizations that were not current Title X grantees, including state health departments, a faith-based organization, and several community health centers.
Enforcing Weldon & Coats-Snowe Amendments: This week, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) notified the State of California that its law requiring pro-life pregnancy resource centers to refer clients for abortions, by posting notices about free or low-cost family planning services and abortion, violated the Weldon and Coats-Snowe Amendments. This is the first time that any state has been found in violation of these laws, reflecting HHS’s heightened commitment to enforcing conscience protection statutes.
New Division to Protect Conscience and Religious Freedom: In January 2018, OCR launched a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, the first time a federal office for civil rights has established a separate division dedicated to ensuring compliance with and enforcement of laws that protect conscience and free exercise of religion in healthcare and human services.
Protecting Conscience in Health Insurance: In November 2018, HHS and the Departments of Labor and of the Treasury issued two final rules to provide regulatory relief to American employers, including organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor, that have religious or moral objections to providing coverage for contraceptives, including those they view as abortifacient, in their health insurance plans. The departments are vigorously defending the final rules.
New Proposed Conscience Regulation: HHS is in the process of finalizing a rule to strengthen enforcement procedures for 25 health-related federal conscience and religious freedom laws and enforce those laws as vigorously as other civil rights laws enforced by OCR. The proposed rule was issued in January 2018.